Death Valley NP – Darwin Falls Run, Hike, Climb…

Without a picture how do I tell you a story about my run in Death Valley National Park to Darwin Falls? How do I tell you about how I got to the second, third and fourth waterfalls while rock climbing on dangerous cliffs? How do I tell you about the loose gravel trail that wanders through a wash in the canyon leading to the first waterfall? How does one explain the soothing sound of the rushing water as I get near? How do I tell you about the lush green California desert oasis as I rounded the corner to the first waterfall?
 

Lower Darwin Falls

 
Without a picture would you believe my story that I convinced a photographer to climb cliffs with me to what I hoped was another waterfall? Would you believe it when I said that with the slip of a foot the fall down would be severe? How about if I told you I had a hugging hold grip around a boulder, on the edge of a cliff, and my hand started to sweat as I tried to pull myself across? What if I told you the photographer trustfully handed me his 60 lbs pack multiple times instead of doubling back? How do I describe the relief as I jump down from a cliffs edge and noticed there was a second waterfall?
 

Second Darwin Falls

  

Third Darwin Falls

 
Again, without a picture would you believe there was a third and fourth waterfall tucked away in a narrow slot canyon? Could you imagine now climbing up a slope of crushed rocks to try and find a path for a better view? Then can you imagine finding a path over the third waterfall to an amazing view of a towering 80 ft tall free falling waterfall?

Fourth Darwin Falls

 
So the question remains, how do I begin to tell you with only a few pictures the things I have done just to see four waterfalls?

2 comments

  1. Glenda Overfelt · December 4, 2015

    Joel, what an amazing story! You are certainly making memories!

    Liked by 1 person

    • JAdRunning · December 4, 2015

      Thank you Glenda! Just glad someone was there to persuade to explore to the other falls.

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